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The University of Western Ontario Faculty Association (UWOFA) is a union representing about 1,500 faculty members and 50 librarians and archivists at the University of Western Ontario in London.

UWOFA negotiates collective agreements, advises members on employment matters, handles workplace disputes and grievances, and advances the professional interests of faculty members, academic librarians and archivists.

In the broader community, UWOFA representatives meet with provincial and federal politicians to ensure members' voices are heard and reflected in education and labour policy decisions. As well, UWOFA strives to engage members and citizens through awareness campaigns regarding post-secondary education during general membership meetings, community events, contact with journalists, and town hall discussions.


Bargaining Bulletin: Student questionnaires on courses and teaching

Discontinuing the use of student questionnaires on courses and teaching for personnel decisions such as promotion, tenure, annual review and hiring is one of UWOFA's goals during the current round of faculty collective bargaining. When used as a means of providing formative feedback to teachers, student questionnaires can help faculty make improvements to their course and their teaching approach. However, the use of student questionnaires for career-shaping decisions raises serious concerns about how faculty teaching is evaluated.

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OCUFA Report - Significant arbitration decision on use of student questionnaires for teaching evaluation

A recent arbitration award between the Ryerson Faculty Association and Ryerson University has established an important precedent for faculty associations, and lends support to others who have been arguing that student questionnaires are deeply problematic instruments for the purpose of evaluating faculty members' teaching effectiveness.

Contract faculty fund recipient developing Indigenous astronomy course

For Robert Cockcroft, now is the time to develop a course that blends western and Indigenous astronomy. And that project - to build a course that combines the science of the stars with the folklore of Canada's first people - got a boost this summer from UWOFA. Cockcroft is a recipient of the UWOFA Contract Faculty Research and Professional Development Fund.

Arbitrator makes significant ruling on student questionnaires on courses and teaching

An arbitrator has ruled that student questionnaires on courses and teaching cannot be used to measure teaching effectiveness in promotion and tenure decisions at Ryerson University. The decision could set a strong precedent for other faculty associations working to discontinue the inappropriate use of student questionnaires.

UWOFA welcomes new president Dan Belliveau

On July 1, UWOFA welcomed Dan Belliveau as president for a one-year term. Belliveau, an associate professor in the School of Health Studies, has been active within UWOFA for a number of years. He served as vice-president in 2017-2018, chair of the Benefits Committee from 2009-2016, has sat on two faculty negotiating teams and has been a member of the Board of Directors. He strongly believes the faculty association plays an advocacy role on behalf of faculty, librarian and archivist members.